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To fight terror, Montanan builds schools in Asia

Greg Mortenson is waging a personal war against terrorism halfway around the world from a basement in Montana. But he doesn’t use guns or bombs; his tools are pencils. It’s 4 a.m. and Mr. Mortenson is sitting in his dimly lit office, surrounded by books on Asian history, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda. Soon a fax arrives in Urdu. Later, Mortenson, a stout, soft-spoken mountaineer, is speaking on a staticky line with a Shiite cleric in northern Pakistan. His mission: To help set up schools for young Muslims – mainly girls – in a remote part of the world where the United States is often despised. Full Story

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